Field Schools

    • Capilano Field Schools are open to first, second, third and fourth year students in all disciplines. Led by Capilano University instructors, groups of 15-30 students will embark on a 10-day to a 4-week program designed to provide you with a comprehensive and rewarding experience. These programs are perfect for those with little travel experience and a great stepping stone to Exchange Programs.

      Field School Location Dates Status
      London Field School London, UK
      Feb 8-18, 2018 (Reading Break)


      Hungary Field School
      Budapest & Pécs
      April 22 - May 3, 2018
      China Field SchoolGuangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, BeijingApril 22 - May 6, 2018

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    • Why participate in a Field School

      Are you a first time traveler who wants to see the world but can't take the solo leap just yet?

      Do you work full time or have family committments that can't take you away for an extended period of time?

      Do you love to travel and want to see more of the world and learn a different culture while earning credits at the same time?

      Did you want to meet other Capilano University students from different program areas that you normally wouldn't be in class with?

      Have you missed your chance for a full semester abroad and don't want to graduate without the opportunity to internationalize your degree?

      Are you interested in adding an international perspective to your education and relating classroom study to real-world situations abroad to enhance your career opportunities?

      Are you looking for a way to boost your self-confident and independence and strengthen adaptability, communications and team-building skills?


      If you've answered YES to any of these, then a short term program like a Field School is perfect for you!


      Who can participate in a Field School

      Field Schools are open to all students at any year of study in any program regardless of which department the Field School is part of.

      To be eligible to apply, students must be:

      • in good academic standing and no history of relevant academic or non-academic misconduct*
      • nineteen or older before departure
      • a current Capilano student (in either first, second, third or fourth year of study), Capilano alumni or Capilano staff/faculty. Students from institutions other than Capilano University are eligible to participate (however, students from other institutions must qualify for admission to Capilano University as ‘Visiting Students’.)
      • has passport valid for international travel 6 months past the return date

      * Those students with a history may still apply to Study Abroad programs.

      How to Apply

      Step 1: Apply

      Complete the online Field School Application Form. There is no application fee. We require a minimum number of applications to proceed with the Field School. Applications are now closed for the 2017 Field Schools. 

      Note: If you are applying from another institution, you must first apply to Capilano University as a Visiting Student. Please see How to Apply to Field Schools for Non-CapU Students

      Application Deadline: October 20, 2017

      Step 2: Interview

      All applicants will be interviewed by the Field School leaders prior to acceptance. Interviews will be scheduled using Doodle and instructions will be sent to applicants on receipt of their completed online application. 

      Step 3: Register

      All successful candidates will be notified via email. Selected students will be permitted to register in the Field School course during the standard online course registration period. Detailed course registration instructions will be provided to accepted students via email. 

      Step 4: Pay Deposit

      Registered students will be required to confirm their commitment to the Field School program by paying a $350 non-refundable Field School program deposit by the specified deadline. Deposit payments can be made directly to the Capilano University cashier's office or online through the Student Information Web Service. 

      Fees and Payment

      A program fee will be given for each Field School that usually covers:

      • return international airfare
      • double occupancy accommodations
      • airport transfer at destination
      • in-country transportation
      • industry and cultural visits
      • program field trips and excursions
      • some meals

      The program fee does NOT include tuition fee, upper level surcharge for tuition, passport fees, entry visas, meals other than those specified in the itinerary, travel to and from Vancouver Airport, transportation expenses other than those indicated on the itinerary, or other personal expenses.


      All students are responsible for making sure that their necessary travel documents are in order for entry as a visitor to program location, as well as to any course field trip locations. Students who are unable to obtain any necessary visas in time must withdraw from the program and will lose the fees that were paid to participate.

      Students with study permits and entry permits for Canada must also ensure these are current so they will be able to re-enter Canada when they return from their Study Abroad program.

      Conditions of Participation

      As a condition of enrollment, all students will be required to provide written acknowledgement and consent of risks and terms of participation (which include agreeing to abide by Capilano University’s and the host institution’s rules, regulations and code of conduct, and acknowledging their personal liability).

      Students will also be required to complete a pre-departure orientation, obtain and provide proof of adequate health insurance, obtain all appropriate travel documents (visa, passport, etc.) and read all materials provided by the Centre for International Experience (including emails and admission details).

      Capilano University does not arrange medical travel insurance or flight cancellation insurance; this is the responsibility of each program participant.

      Some courses may require students to complete assignments or attend lectures before or after the overseas portion of the program. Students who wish to enroll in a field school course are responsible for ensuring that this course does not overlap with any of their other courses.

      Students are expected to accept responsibility for the preparations for their study abroad experience. All communications regarding the program (e.g., course enrolment, fee payments, accommodation arrangements, etc.) are made directly with the student. We cannot discuss details with non-participants, including parents or guardians (except in the case of students under 18), unless the student agrees to such disclosure and is present at those discussions.

      Health and Safety

      Traveling overseas involves inherent risks. While most students go abroad without incident, it is important to consider these risks. Even if traveling to a location that is culturally similar to one’s home, all students are encouraged to develop a health and safety risk management plan.

      To assist students with their health and safety risk management, the Centre for International Experience provides pre-departure sessions for all outbound Study Abroad participants.  Further details regarding these sessions will be provided with each student's admission package. Attendance at the pre-departure session is mandatory for all outbound Study Abroad participants. 

      The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveler. The traveler is also responsible for his or her own personal safety. All participants in overseas travel are encouraged to review the specific safety information provided by the Government of Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada at

      All participants are encouraged to consult the Government of Canada Travel Health and Safety website for important information on travel health risks and preventative measures to keep themselves safe during travel. Students who have any health concerns related to traveling overseas discuss these with their health care provider prior to submitting their Study Abroad application form.

      Students should not expect medical services abroad to be the same as in Canada. When traveling outside of Canada, students may also be at risk of a number of vaccine preventable illnesses. We strongly suggest that all participants consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before travel.

      All students are required to have medical travel insurance coverage for the duration of the program. Students must make their own insurance arrangements. The Centre for International Experience at Capilano University does not purchase specific insurance plans for students participating in Study Abroad opportunities.